IHs Sought to Serve on Advisory Board on Toxic Substances, Worker Health

Published August 5, 2015

The Secretary of Labor seeks nominations for individuals to serve on the recently established Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health for Part E of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) program. The EEOICPA program and the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs provide compensation and medical benefits to nuclear weapons workers who were diagnosed with medical conditions related to exposure to toxic substances at covered nuclear facilities.

The new advisory board will consist of 12 to 15 members to be appointed by the Secretary, and will include industrial hygienists, toxicologists, and epidemiologists. The board will advise the Secretary with respect to the Department of Labor’s Site Exposure Matrices (SEM) database, which contains information regarding toxic substances present at Department of Energy facilities covered under EEOICPA. The board will also provide advice concerning medical guidance for claims examiners under the EEOICPA program; evidentiary requirements for claims related to lung disease; and the work of industrial hygienists, staff physicians, and consulting physicians, and their reports to ensure quality, objectivity, and consistency.

Advisory board members will serve two- or three-year staggered terms. The board will meet no less than twice per year, but may only meet once this year.

Nominations are due by Aug. 20, 2015. To learn more about the nomination process, see the Federal Register notice. Further information is available on the advisory board Web page.​